Deciduous Azalea luteum

Deciduous Azalea luteum

Item: ALUT

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Flowering Month:
May
Flower Colour:
Yellow
Hardiness:
Below -20 °C
Height After 10 Years:
125-150cm
Scent:
Scented
Interesting Foliage:
Yes
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Absolutely stunning and still one of the most popular highly scented yellow azaleas. Flowering in May this deciduous azalea has striking autumn yellow and orange leaf colour. A must for every garden and one of our favourites. A lovely old species that has become naturalized in parts of the British Isles and was very important in the development of the Ghent hybrids. Height 120-150cm in 10 years.

Some people still refer to this by its old name, Azalea pontica.

Please note that due to the stocky nature and slower growth rate of Azalea luteum, young plants will be nice and well branched but are smaller in size than more vigorous hybrid plants in the same pot size.

  • Recommended for wonderful fragrance and autumn colour.
  • Easy to grow.
  • Ideal position: most garden situations, likes some sun.
  • Habit: upright.
  • Group: Deciduous Azalea.
  • Subsection: Pentanthera.
  • Introduction date: pre 1900 (1793)
  • Species distribution: Caucasus, Turkey, SW Russia, Georgia, Ukraine.
  • Approximate altitude: Sea-level to 2,200m.
  • Ideal soil: pH 4.5 to 6.
  • RHS Hardiness Rating: H7.
  • How we usually propagate this plant: Seed.
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit.

 



Customer Reviews

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"Saw this plant advertised in Saturday paper gardening column and thought it go well in garden. Googled supplies and was delighted to find Millais Nursery was not too far from me. Bought the size I wanted online and when I arrived at the nursey down a tiny lane off the beaten track I was with a very cheery greeting and the plant was waiting for me. It is now planted in the garden and being deciduous has now dropped its lovely red leaves. Buds are visible so fingers crossed for a good show next year."
Star Rating 4
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"Very pleased with my namesake plant . Hopefully next year I can grow more ."
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"Beautiful plant arrived well packed and undamaged; good root system and every sign of being healthy, with well-developed flower buds. Obviously we won't know till next spring whether it flowers well - but we have every expectation that it will!"
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"Excellent quality shrub, delivered in robust packaging "
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"The plant arrived promptly, was well packed and arrived in good condition. Was planted the next day and seems fine. Lovely colour foliage. Look forward to next year!"
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"Very healthy looking plant, that continues to flourish. Excellent packaging, delivered within a few days"
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"Fast efficient delivery, well packaged and plant in good health. Hopefully will grow into a nice plant. Can definitely recommend."
Star Rating 5
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"Healthy looking plant, larger than expected and has established well after planting. Rather wish I had taken advantage of the offer of a discount on a purchase of 3 plants now!"
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"I purchased some larger specimens of this (my favourite azalea) from Millaia a few weeks ago but wanted a larger area and bought several smaller plants. As ususal from this nursery the quality was just first class. I have bought a lot of plants from different suppliers in the last few months but this nursery has impressed me the most. Top quality plants and I could not recommend them more highly."
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"I bought a dozen azaleas from Millais. All of the most excellent quality."
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"Beautiful quality large well established plants. Packaged well. Top notch service. I have already ordered more from this nursery."
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"Ordered over the phone, very polite staff. Plant delivered within a couple of days ,well packed . Healthy plant had new buds on it , all looks promising for the Spring."
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"This plant was bought as a gift. The recipient was absolutely delighted with the quality of the plant. I can highly recommend Millais Niursery"
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"Great service, the plant arrived quickly and in good condition. I will definitely use the company again."
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"Extremely pleased. Plant was promptly delivered and in an excellent condition. Look forward to see flower in spring."
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"I ordered this plant as a gift for my sister. It arrived beautifully packed, ahead of time and was a very good specimen of this particular Azalea-rhododendron. My sister is delighted and i'm very grateful to you for an excellent service."
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"Excellent plants. Great condition. Arrived within 36 hours of ordering"
Star Rating 5
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"I am delighted - I ordered this and it came within 2 days in perfect condition. I have been wanting one since I went to an open garden which had its high sides covered in this wonderful plant. The perfume was wonderful. "
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"Bought three azaleas. All arrived in perfect condition and beautifully packed. Would recommend without hesitation - in fact, have done and a friend has bought some too."
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"very good service, easy, prompt delivery and my azalea is doing very well now planted - just waiting for the second bloom which they are known for. :)"
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"My 15 litre Deciduous Azalea luteum arrived in perfect condition, very thoughtfully packaged and carefully handled by the courier during transit. It's a beautiful specimen, well balanced and with an even, open structure which exceeded my expectations, based on the representative illustration. Many thanks to Millais Nurseries for the excellent service provided - I would not hesitate in returning to or recommending this grower in the future."
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"I am delighted with the Azalea luteum I bought from Millais Nursery. It arrived in excellent condition, a beautiful healthy plant."
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"An excellent plant. Very good shape and size and very healthy"
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"Beautiful, healthy plant. Delivered quickly."
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"Beautiful, healthy plant. Delivered quickly."
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"I am so pleased with my Azalea. It arrived in a protective box looking very healthy indeed. I’m looking forward to next year when I will see the lovely yellow perfumed flowers. Thank you all."
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"I am so pleased with my Azalea. It arrived in a protective box looking very healthy indeed. I’m looking forward to next year when I will see the lovely yellow perfumed flowers. Thank you all."
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"Stunning plant,can’t wait until next year when I can see it in full bloom."
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"Very happy with the condition of my plant on delivery and after it was planted. Thank you. "
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"Purchased the Hyde Harlequin Azalea. Fabulous smooth service from start to finish. Very professional. Would highly recommend. The information leaflet given with each plant is all very informative. "
Star Rating 5
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"Another excellent azalea. I bought this plant following an earlier very satisfactory purchase. As previously, a sturdy, well developed plant in very good condition. Well packed and delivered quickly and damage-free."
Star Rating 5
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"Nice plant- good service"
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"Helpful advice, lovely plant well protected to travel to Devon and very healthy specimen- good size excellent value and now happy in its new home"
Star Rating 5
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"the plant arrived well packed. It is a good size and already doing nicely and growing. Of course can't say if it will flower next year (hence 4 stars not 5), but it looks healthy."
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"An excellent plant. Delivered on time and in good condition."
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"Very good plant. Thanks"
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"Amazing plant. Received in excellent condition. Very happy with the service. Our azalea is very healthy and beautiful.. Highly recommend Millais Nursery!"
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"Timely delivery of an extremely healthy, large and beautiful plant. Very impressed and highly recommended."
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"The six plants arrived by courier from Millais in reasonably good shape. We transferred them the same afternoon into beds already prepared and they have continued to flourish. They arrived with some flowers and these were maintained and have blossomed. The scent is intoxicating and was the reason we sought a supplier after talking to the head gardener at Hillsborough Castle where we first encountered them in all their glory. There they are long established and are magnificent. Unfortunately this year because of Corona virus the gardens are closed and so we have been unable to return to take in that heady scent of the well established plants "
Star Rating 5
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"I have to be honest I was a little disappointed when I first took the plant out of the packaging but I re-potted it in the ericaceous compost and watered it with special ericaceous liquid in the water and it has responded wonderfully well. After 3 weeks it is making a fine plant. Very pleased."
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"Lovely quality and very well packaged and delivered"
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"Excellent plant in very good condition and well packed will buy again from Millais "
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"The azalea was delivered in perfect condition and my sister said it was a beautiful specimen and with buds just opening. She was delighted and said the scent from it was marvellous. It was a birthday present from me to her, so thank you all at your end for choosing a good plant and for excellent packaging."
Star Rating 5
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"Plant arrived healthy and robust and is adapting nicely. Would order agin."
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"My beautiful Azalea luteum arrived in perfect condition, thoughtfully and safely packaged. The shape of the plant was very balanced and even, and there were flowers already in bloom. The scent was heavenly. Everything I had hoped for. Thank you so much Millais Nurseries.xxx"
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"Super plant, well packed and delivered quickly. You can’t ask for more! I’ll be back as my garden project progresses"
Star Rating 5
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"Lovely plant which arrived very quickly. Sadly a late sharp frost caught it (and all my other rhododendrons too) but I can see lots of new shoots beginning to emerge and I am sure it will give me a lot of pleasure in years to come."
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"Bought an Azalea luteum - it came very quickly, much quicker than predicted when I ordered. Very well packaged - a lovely healthy plant. Would definitely order from Millais Nursery again. "
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"Arrived promptly - just as described, has flourished since planting out"
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"Very pleased with the service, the plant was delivered much sooner than advised.This was great as the plant was in flower on delivery so we have been able to enjoy it in the garden for the last couple of weeks. It is a very healthy looking plant & the scent from the flowers is fabulous. Highly recommend Millais Nurseries & luteum azalea, great choice for colour & fragrance. "
Star Rating 5
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"An excellent service all round. Strong, healthy plant 60cm +, supplied in bud, packed securely, delivered quickly and safely. Brilliant comms.Many Thanks!"
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"Arrived in good condition and potted now growing at a good rate"
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"Really pleased how it arrived very well packed to stop any damage.very pleased at quality of plant also."
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"Excellent "
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"Really nice plant, well packaged and with a prompt delivery service."
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"Again excellent customer service and strong healthy plants delivered when stated "
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"Excellent product. Strong healthy plants, very carefully packaged and delivered promptly. "
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"Lovely plant. Arrived in excellent condition. Gratefully received by my son for his garden."
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"Excellent service and product. Very impressed and will use this nursery again. Very healthy plant, well packaged, arrived promptly. "
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"We bought two of these recently and they are really lovely specimens. The scent in the evening is absolutely stunning, which is just what we wanted. "
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"Excellent service for providing me with lovely difficult to come by scented azalia, would definitely recommend these very courteous and helpful nurseries."
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"Delivered within a few days. Good, strong plant. "
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"A well packaged and strong, healthy plant. Very happy with everything delivered. Can thoroughly recommend Millais and their plants. Can't ask for more, they exceeded my expectations. Thank you. "
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"Well packaged and lovely healthy plant "
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"What a fantastic plant. Received in perfect condition and just ready to burst into sweet scented bloom. Thanks guys"
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"This plant arrived in superb condition. It was prompt and incredibly well packed. Once opened, the size and condition of the plant exceeded my expectations. Well done Millais! I will definitely use them again."
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"Very pleased with azalea. It was larger than I'd expected and has plenty of flower buds now"
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"Arrived in good condition and am full of expectancy of that glorious scent to come. "
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"Beautiful shrub, fine shape and condition. I shall order from Millais again."
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"I ordered 5 plants and they arrived promptly and well packed. The plants were robust and healthy and now planted are doing very well. I am very pleased with my order. Will use again."
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"Plant arrived well package, prompt delivery and good quality plant"
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"Very, very pleased with the size and quality of this plant, the total cost was well worth the plant I received, and I believe better to what I was expecting. This was a gift and I was very pleased."
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"Sturdy, open and well-budded plant, well packed, quick and careful delivery. Taller than expected (after warning) which is good."
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"I am extremely happy with my purchase. The plant was pretty big and in great form. I arrived beautifully packaged with zero damage ! Can't wait for it to be in bloom."
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"Have used Millais in the past with excellent service and results. Hope this one will turn out as well. Looking forward to next spring."
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"Superb plant and packaging."
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"Great service ,plant was well packed and in great condition."
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"Cannot praise this plant enough. Was well packed ,prompt delivery and was outstandingly strong and vigorous. Have been looking for this particular Azalea for a long time. Thank you. "
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"Both plants were good specimens, they arrived in good condition and had been packaged well. Both are thriving."
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"Excellent plants and service!"
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"Very good service and a very healthy plant arrived."
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"Wanted this Azalea for a long time delighted with healthy plant, beautifully packaged and fast delivery. Thank you"
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"The Azalea arrived in very good condition. It was well packaged, was free from damage and had been well handled by the carrier. It is now thriving in its new patio container. Extremely pleased. "
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"Excellent size and quality of plant and great value for money Arrived in a large box in very good condition Would definitely recommend"
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"Very good sized plant in excellent condition on arrival."
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"Lovely, healthy plant. Prompt delivery. "
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"Deciduous Azalea luteum - lovely specimen, packed well and arrived with a flower still in tact. Shrub proceeded to bloom and looks healthy and well. Quick ordering, fast delivery and no problems. Have used Millais several times and will continue to buy from them."
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"Excellent services, would definitely use this supplier again. Plants arrived in good condition."
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"I have moved the excellent plant to a larger container and it has established very well. Two clusters of yellow flowers among good new growth to be followed, hopefully, by fine autumn colours! Thankyou."
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"After my initial reservation and by contacting the nursery for advice I am delighted to report that the Azalea is flurishing and is growing into a very healthy plant. Thank you to the nursery man for contacting me so quickly to alay my concerns and for the help and service I recieved."
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"The plants arrived promptly, safely and in good order. They were planted after a very short period of time, in a group of three. They have developed well and are thriving."
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"Excellent service. Plant came beautifully boxed and very fresh. Planted according to comprehensive instructions and it appears to be thriving. "
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"Very happy with plants delivered, well packed and healthy - now planted and thriving. Will be placing more orders in future."
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"The Azalea luteum you sent me was well packaged and arrived in excellent condition. It is a healthy well-balanced plant with buds on every branch. I planted it that same day and look forward to it’s fragrant flowers for years to come."
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"Excellent plant, excellent service, excellent growing advice"
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Good to know

From a botanical point of view, deciduous azaleas are part of the rhododendron family, but typically they only have 5-7 stamens in the flowers instead of 11-13 stamens present in other rhododendrons. They make a dazzling display, particularly in yellows, oranges and reds, but can also be very subtle in shades of pink and white. They are tough and fast growing plants typically reaching 125-150cm in 10 years. Our selection ranges from the discreet small flowered species and Ghent varieties, to the bold large flowering Knaphill and Exbury types. Many have the added value of a good scent in spring, and fiery autumn colours before leaf fall. Our newest introductions greatly extend the season into late June and July.

Deciduous azaleas have a stronger root system and will tolerate poorer conditions and a slightly higher pH than other rhododendrons. They can be grown in soils up to pH 6.5 when plenty of ericaceous compost is added. They prefer light dappled shade, but can also be grown in sun or more shade. In sun, the plants will be bushier and lower, with more flowers, but these will not last so long. In shade, the plants will be taller, with fewer flowers, but these will last longer.

All require good moist ericaceous soil with a high organic content. For a guide to plant spacing, use the height we give in 10 years as a guide to the distance between each plant, or approximately 1 plant per 1.5m². Plant no deeper than the top of the rootball, and dig in plenty of good ericaceous compost around the sides.  A teaspoon of slow release feed is sufficient for a 3 litre plant, rising to a small handful for a mature plant.  They are tough plants, and tolerate growing in containers, where their flowers, scent and autumn colours can be appreciated. Re-pot every 3 years for best performance.

Please note: Plants supplied in winter months can look quite bare and stick-like, and may be pruned back to encourage more branching. This is normal, and they will soon fill out in the spring.

For further advice, For further advice, see here

The Basics

Ideal soil

Acidic soil, good organic content, pH 4.5-6.0. Inkarho range of rhododendrons will tolerate soils up to pH7.5

Sun or Shade

Light dappled shade is best for most varieties.

Shelter

Refer to hardiness rating. Give young plants protection.

Site Selection

Avoid close to trees, roots, invasive weeds, walls, hot patios, dry banks and waterlogged soils. Do not use weed matting or stone mulch.

Plant spacing

Use the height shown in 10 years as a guide to the distance between each plant. Allow room for plant to fill out. If planting closer for instant impact, be prepared to move plants after a few years.

Compost

  • 3 litre pot, dig in 10-20 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 7.5 litre pot, dig in 20-30 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 70-80cm specimen, dig in 60 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 100-120cm specimen, dig in 120 litres of ericaceous compost.

Planting depth

Plant high in the ground, with the top of the rootball visible.

Feeding

Slow-release ericaceous feed recommended in March and straight after flowering.

Mulch

Recommended every few years.

Water

The key ingredient! Keep moist all season, especially the critical time at end of June for flower bud initiation. Tap water is better than no water. Heavy dose at least once per week in dry weather.

Drainage

Ensure good drainage in winter, especially with yellow flowering varieties. Avoid waterlogged sites.

Pruning

Rhododendrons and Camellias: Not normally required. Tidy wayward shoots after flowering.

Evergreen azaleas and Bloombux can be clipped into a low hedge.

Magnolias and Acers: Formative pruning when young to shape into a tree or bush.

Deadheading

Remove old flower-heads, particularly on young or weak plants.

For further advice see here

Size Guide

Size guide

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